Welcome back from your DWs.
I'm excited to get right back into the swing of things with you all. Remember to make your health a priority, since the season change or the stress of starting a new sports season or the traveling you may have just returned from can have an effect on your immunity. Get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids--at least that's what I'm trying to do at this juncture.
In reflection of my DW, I wanted to share a thought. After seeing the plight and poverty of the Philippines and feeling dwarfed next to enormous task it would be to see a nation's devastation end, I wondered what good a toy or one more meal or a week of my time would do in the larger scheme of things. By the time I was done brooding over the futility of my charity, I recognized the flaw in my thinking. I was undermining the power of love and time, minimizing what I was giving. I may never know the impact of one afternoon with a child or the latent effects in the life of a villager that now has water and sewage system--but that doesn't matter. Instead, what I decided to believe instead was there was a greater power at hand than mine that extended beyond what I could give and in that design, I was I was empowered to be a part of it. Although I know I can't cure all the ailments of the Philippines, I can trust that what I did matters because by being a part of a greater plan, I am more capable than I had initially believed.
The same goes for everyone. So if you feel discouraged, say to yourself the following, trading out the "you are" and "you" for "I am" and "I":
1. Finish Circle Discussion on Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
1. Comment below answering either 3d or 3e, depending on what you were re-assigned in class.
2. After reading the comments of your peers, complete the worksheet to turn in on Wednesday, Nov. 14th. If you are in section 4, we will finish 3a, 3b, and 3c next class.
3. Final-Final draft of memoir is due. Include the original draft with you